Please note due to current COVID-19 events the amenities block on Eyre Street, Southend is closed until further notice.

Getting to know Southend

Southend is a working cray fishing port and a holiday village. The small coastal township of Southend was the first seaport in the Limestone Coast. First known as Grey town (named after Governor Grey) in 1846, between 1875 to 1879 it was known as Rivoli Bay South after which it was changed to Grey town until 1971 when it was officially named Southend.

Southend is located 27kms north of Millicent on the Southern Ports Highway (alternate Highway One). Closest to the town of Beachport, it is 20kms south of Beachport and 80kms west of Penola via Millicent.

This quiet fishing port hosts one of the largest fleets of Rock Lobster fishing vessels on the Limestone Coast. The local industries are Rock Lobster fishing, aquaculture and farming.

In 1845 Captain Emmanuel Underwood established a store and jetty at the southern end of Rivoli Bay to cater for inland settlers and passing ships. In 1846 the town was surveyed and named Greytown.

Southends long white sandy beach is excellent for swimming. Cars can be taken onto the beach, and four-wheel drive vehicles can be driven, with care, around the bay to Beachport.

Affiliated member of Yachting SA and is an off the beach sailing organisation located in Southend. Since its inception in 1978, the club offers social, recreational and competition for both youth and adults. The Sailing Club is located in Southend and can be hired out.

Phone(08) 87231015 or 0428 712 721 or Email

On the 5th July 1876, the Geltwood, a three-masted hull barque, on its maiden voyage from England was tragically wrecked a mile offshore, 16 km from Rivoli Bay. There were no survivors. One of the Geltwood anchors can be viewed in Southend at a lookout on Cape Buffon drive. It is a memorial to those who have perished at sea, including local amateur and professional fishermen who have lost their lives at sea.

Another anchor and memorabilia can be viewed at Millicents Living History Museum. Some Geltwood artifacts are also displayed in the Beachport Museum.

During fishing, season meals are available Friday nights between 6 pm - 8 pm.

The club is open 3 days a week.

Wednesday         5 pm - Midnight
Friday5 pm - Midnight
Sunday5 pm - 8 pm

Eightball and darts are available as well as a children's playroom.

The Southend Community Town Plan was adopted on the 12th June 2018


Southend will offer a quality lifestyle, while retaining its unique and picturesque small seaside town charm.

Community Town Plans

Wattle Range Council has developed 10-year town plans with each township. Each town plan can be viewed at Community Town Plans.

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Southend Town Brochure

Millicent Road, Beachport  SA  5280

Phone: (08) 8735 8029 or 1300 045 373


Opening Hours:

Monday - Friday 9am-4pm /

Weekends 10am-4pm

Winter Weekends 10am-1pm

1 Mount Gambier Road, Millicent  SA  5280

Phone: (08) 8733 0904 or 1300 045 373


Opening Hours:

Monday - Friday 9am-4pm

Weekends 10am-3pm

27 Arthur Street, Penola  SA  5277

Phone: (08) 8737 2855 or 1300 045 373


Opening Hours:

Monday - Friday 9am-4pm /

Weekends 10am-3pm /